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ERIC Number: EJ794137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Risk Perceptions, Barriers, and Self-Efficacy of Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination among Chinese Immigrants
Ma, Grace X.; Shive, Steven S.; Toubbeh, Jamil; Wu, Dunli; Wang, Ping
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v9 p141-153 2006
Hepatitis B (HBV) infection is a serious health problem among Asian Americans, including Chinese Americans. This study was conducted to measure the perceptions of risk, barriers, and self-efficacy of HBV screening and vaccination in Chinese immigrants. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 429 Chinese Americans in New York City. A pilot-tested questionnaire in Chinese was used to collect information about demographics, acculturation, and health risk perceptions, barriers, and self-efficacy related to screening and vaccination. While 89.3% of participants thought that HBV would harm them if they contracted it, only 32.8% believed that they were at risk for getting it. Participants were more likely to get screened if their physician suggested it, they thought it was a serious disease, would cause harm, and they discussed it with their spouse. Participants were less likely to get screened if they were afraid they had HBV, did not know a screening location, and it was not suggested by their doctor. Participants were less likely to get vaccinated if they did not have time, did not know a screening location, and the physician did not speak their language. Our findings suggest that community-based, culturally appropriate interventions for Chinese Americans and health care providers might increase screening and vaccination rates. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York